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Read "SFJAZZ Collective At SFJAZZ" reviewed by

SFJAZZ Collective SFJAZZ Center San Francisco October 20, 2016 What would Miles think? It was hard not to wonder as the SFJAZZ Collective, the San Francisco jazz presenter's long-running large ensemble project, kicked off it's 12th season with a program dominated by sometimes dramatically re-imagined versions of Miles Davis tunes. The basic playbook for the Collective has been the same since the beginning: Assemble some of the finest players in ...


Skyjack: Skyjack

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Don't let the name fool you here. There's no hostile takeover at twenty-thousand feet, no violent occupation of a specific vehicle, and no saboteur to wreak havoc on this voyage. Skyjack is a cooperative venture that's about the art of creation and community, not the co-opting of a certain airspace or the pursuit of pure destruction. It's essentially an international musical summit that connects some of South Africa's finest young jazz greats with some strong-minded Swiss talent. ...


Unreleased Art: Volume 9 – Art Pepper & Warne Marsh At Donte's, April 26, 1974

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When any previously unheard Art Pepper is released, the event bears a bit of context. Laurie Pepper's Volume 9 addition to her Unreleased Art series is the 3-CD box Art Pepper & Warne Marsh at Donte's April 26, 1974. It contains music from late in Pepper's fallow period between the releases of Intensity (Contemporary, 1960) and his comeback period inaugurated by the release ofArt Pepper: Living Legend (Contemporary, 1975). I mark the period by Pepper's two studio recordings of the ...


Joshua Breakstone/The Cello Quartet: 88

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Veteran guitarist Joshua Breakstone pays tribute to some of his favorite pianist/composers here. He tells a story about a fellow Berklee student (a saxophonist) who asked legendary saxophonist Sonny Stitt if he could sit in. Stitt shut him down with the question “how many keys on a saxophone?" The novice couldn't answer--there are 23--but everyone knows a standard piano has 88 keys. Breakstone sees the piano and the guitar as extended family, with a comparable chordal role in the rhythm ...


Luke Hendon: Silk & Steel

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It is the easiest thing in the world to laud guitarist Luke Hendon's album Silk & Steel as something to be treasured by anyone who is remotely interested in the style of Django Reinhardt. It is important to note, however, that Hendon has done much more than play arpeggios as fast as humanly possible, zip the one string chromatic scale and use a tight vibrato in front of a freight train rhythm guitar --all on an large- body ...


Andy Adamson Quartet: A Cry For Peace

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Fans of the Crusaders, Weather Report and other fusion acts of the 1970's and 1980's will certainly enjoy the sound of Andy Adamson and his quartet. His writing and keyboard work has heart and soul, and the group is a solid unit of excellent players. The quartet features Adamson's original compositions. The line-up on his latest album, A Cry for Peace, includes: Brennan Andes (acoustic and electric bass), drummer Jonathan Taylor, and tenor saxophonist Dan Bennett. The quartet is a ...


Ellen Andersson Quartet: I'll Be Seeing You

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Swedish vocalist Ellen Andersson sings in a strangely forced way, trying to imitate Billie Holiday but sounding more like someone in dire need of a laxative. This is most apparent on “You've Changed," which Holiday recorded on her 1958 Columbia album Lady In Satin when past her prime. In 2013 another Swedish singer, Isabella Lundgren refashioned history, singing the song as Lady Day might have done when young, on another Prophone album, Ela, by ...


13th Annual Uppsala International Guitar Festival

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Uppsala Konsert & Kongress 13th Annual Uppsala International Guitar Festival Uppsala, Sweden October 6-9, 2016 It all takes place in one building. A huge one, centrally located in downtown Uppsala, Sweden. It's the Konsert & Kongress, and it's home to a seemingly endless array of cultural and social events. And, as has been the case for many years, the annual Uppsala International Guitar Festival was taking its turn, utilizing three floors for performance and ...

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